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Contrary to Politicians - Public for Freedom

In this newsletter you can find a selection of statements from recent days by the heads of all the ultra-Orthodox parties. They are characterized by a combination of hyperbole, extremism and paranoia.

Contrary to Politicians - Public for Freedom

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59% Israel public anti Haredi parties in coalition

Yair Lapid called President Rivlin and informed him, "I was able to successfully complete the undertaking of assembling the government."

59% Israel public anti Haredi parties in coalition

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Only 40% for keeping conversion w/ Chief Rabbinate

Only 40% support maintaining the conversion process in Israel under the exclusive authority of the Chief Rabbinate! The majority of the public, 60%[!] wants to abolish the Chief Rabbinate's monopoly over the State of Israel's official recognition of conversions.

Only 40% for keeping conversion w/ Chief Rabbinate

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MK Rabbi Gilad Kariv's maiden Knesset speech

This week, a new chapter opens in Israel's political ‘Unfinished Symphony’, but in Israel it is a particularly cacophonous work, which nobody knows how it will end…

MK Rabbi Gilad Kariv's maiden Knesset speech

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Israel Independence Day according to Haredi media

Political tension in Israel is increasing. It is now clear that even after the fourth round of elections no decisive results were reached.

Israel Independence Day according to Haredi media

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So, who owns Judaism?

After much deliberation, President Rivlin, after clearly going through an inner struggle, announced his decision to entrust the mandate to attempt to form the new Israeli government to Prime Minister Netanyahu.

So, who owns Judaism?

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Court rules on Reform & Conservative conversions!

The Supreme Court was kind to Israel in issuing its ruling this week on the matter of the eligibility under the Law of Return for Reform and Conservative Conversions performed in Israel.

Court rules on Reform & Conservative conversions!

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What's at the heart of Israel's election campaign?

The Israeli elections are approaching, and with them two conflicting emotions are strengthening: on the one hand, tensions are rising and the competing parties are increasing the pace of their statements and exercises of self-glorification and smearing of their opponents.

What's at the heart of Israel's election campaign?

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Today: Israel's parties finalize their party lists

These lines are being written a few hours before the political party lists of candidates for the coming Israeli elections are closed and submitted to the Central Election Commission at midnight on Thursday.

Today: Israel's parties finalize their party lists

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Legal Groups Protest Israel's Interior Minister

MK Miki Zohar, Chairman of the Coalition [the majority whip] saw fit to draw a direct line between the attack on the US Capitol and the demonstrations that have been going on against the prime minister for months.

Legal Groups Protest Israel's Interior Minister

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Hiddush on the cutting edge of marriage freedom

The thoughts of many of our readers, especially in the United States, are on yesterday's events in Washington, DC. It’s hard to believe that those events occurred, and they will make their mark on American society and politics for a long time to come.

Hiddush on the cutting edge of marriage freedom

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Secular Israelis prefer Arabs over Haredim

This week it became clear that Israel is going to elections for the fourth time in two years! The reality poses difficult challenges for Israel and the world, but the politicians leading Israel have failed to rise to these challenges and lead Israel out of the medical economic, social and educational crises that COVID-19 has forced upon us.

Secular Israelis prefer Arabs over Haredim

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Haredi education and Israel's future - will elections bring change?

Netanyahu is not guaranteed a majority with his traditional partners in the ultra-Orthodox parties, as has been seen in election polls in recent weeks. And - it may be possible for the political right to form a majority coalition without needing the ultra-Orthodox parties. Remember, Hiddush’s polls consistently show that even among right-wing voters, there is a solid majority for many of the issues of religious freedom and equality.

Haredi education and Israel's future - will elections bring change?

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A Four-Way Circus – the Conversion Battle

The US Supreme ruled yesterday on the appeal of Agudath Israel of America and Church organizations, placing religious freedom before pandemic precautions by temporarily blocking recent rules in New York that severely restricted gatherings at houses of worship in areas hit hardest by COVID-19.

A Four-Way Circus – the Conversion Battle

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